[4/27/2016] Daisuke Matsuzaka gives up three runs in four innings

Daisuke Matsuzaka started a Ni-gun game against Chunichi at Nagoya Stadium today and gave up three runs on five hits over four innings of work. He walked two, struck out one, threw sixty-one pitches, and topped out at 143km/h. His old Seibu teammate, Toru Hosokawa, was behind the plate.

Source: ZakZak 4/27/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/27/2016, Sponichi 4/27/2016


[4/27/2016] Jingu 90th Anniversary Game: Yakult vs Tokyo Big6

The Yakult Swallows and the Tokyo Big6 Baseball League are planning to play a special exhibition game in November as part of their celebration of Jingu Stadium’s 90th Anniversary. Details will be unveiled in July.

The two sides played a similar game during the stadium’s 80th anniversary ten years ago. The Swallows won 3-2.

Source: Sponichi 4/27/2016


[4/26/2016] Rick van den Hurk extends streak to thirteen

Rick van den Hurk extended his winning streak to thirteen games and tied two NPB records:

  • Winning streak to start a career: Tsuneo Horiuchi 1966
  • Winning streak for a foreign pitcher: Tai-Yuan Kuo 1987-1988

Masahiro Tanaka holds the NPB record with a twenty-eight game winning streak set between 2012 (four) and 2013 (twenty-four).

Note: Horiuchi recorded complete games in ten of his victories. Kuo eleven. van den Hurk has yet to toss a complete game.

Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2016, Tokyo Sports 4/26/2016, Nikkan Sports 4/27/2016


[4/26/2016] Eldred, Suzuki, Dobayashi go back-to-back-to-back

Brad Eldred, Seiya Suzuki, and Shota Dobayashi went back-to-back-to-back (solo home runs off Yoshihisa Naruse) in the second inning against Yakult at Jingu Stadium on April 26.

The last time three Hiroshima players hit consecutive home runs was against Yomiuri at Hiroshima on September 2, 2005: Shigenobu Shima, Takahiro Arai, and Tomonori Maeda.

The last time three NPB players hit consecutive home runs was Nippon Ham against Orix at Hotto Motto Kobe on September 5, 2015: Sho Nakata, Kensuke Kondo, and Brandon Laird.

Eldred and Suzuki went on to him one more home run during the game. Suzuki hi a grand slam off Luis Perez in the seventh inning and Eldred a solo home run off Kenichi Matsuoka in the ninth.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/26/2016


[4/26/2016] Kazuya Fujita goes 0-for-3 in rehab game

Kazuya Fujita (rib fracture) played in his first rehab game at Ni-gun on April 26. He got the start at second and batted fifth against Seibu and went 0-for-3 with an RBI. On defense, he helped turn a 5-4-3 double play in the fifth inning.

Source: Sports Hochi 4/26/2016


[4/26/2016] Yokohama to wear Taiyo retro uniforms during We ☆ Yokohama Day

The Yokohama Bay Stars announced that they will be wearing retro Taiyo Whales uniforms during We ☆ Yokohama Day (We Love Yokohama Day) games in May and June. Daisuke Miura and Yasuaki Yamasaki modeled the uniforms for the press.

  • May 10-12 vs Chunichi
  • June 15-16 vs Nippon Ham

Source: Yokohama announcement


[4/26/2016] Louis Okoye has mild inflammation in his right elbow

Louis Okoye complained of pain in his right elbow on April 22. He was examined at a hospital in Sendai on April 25 and diagnosed with mild inflammation. The Eagles will monitor Okoye’s progress and set a schedule based on the level of pain.

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2016


[4/26/2016] Takayuki Kishi to miss one to two months

Takayuki Kishi was pulled partway through the third inning against Rakuten on April 24 because of discomfort in his right leg. He was examined at a hospital in Tokyo on April 25 and diagnosed with a right adductor injury that will require about a month for a full recovery.

Source: Daily Sports 4/26/2016

[UPDATE 4/27 @ 11:28pm]

Kishi will need at least one month for a full recovery. The Lions do not want to rush him and could give him an extra month. They might be looking at a return some time around the end of Inter-league play.

Source: Sponichi 4/27/2016


[4/26/2016] Jonny Gomes temporarily returns to the US for personal matters

The Rakuten Eagles informed the media that Jonny Gomes left for the United States for personal matters. His family contacted the organization on April 21 about the possibility of him temporarily returning to the US. Gomes also asked for a temporary leave. The Eagles are not sure when he will be able to return.

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2016, Daily Sports 4/26/2016


[4/26/2016] Yudai Ono plays catch at forty meters

Yudai Ono (left elbow) played catch a distance of about forty meters at Nagoya Stadium today. He felt no pain during the session. He could toss a bullpen session soon, but not before he does some long distance throwing.

Source: Sponichi 4/26/2016

NPB Standings [Full]
Hiroshima 143 88 51 4
Hanshin 143 78 61 4
Yokohama 143 73 65 5
Yomiuri 143 72 68 3
Chunichi 143 59 79 5
Yakult 143 45 96 2
Softbank 143 94 49 0
Seibu 143 79 61 3
Rakuten 143 77 63 3
Orix 143 63 79 1
Nippon Ham 143 60 83 0
Lotte 143 54 87 2
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